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Project Management

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What does this have to do with time management?

  • In order to accomplish the goals of a particular project, you need to plan how all the elements will come together within your given deadline.

  • You only have so much time to manage, so plan how you should spend your time so you are managing it well, or at the very least know when you aren’t managing it well.


What is the #1 rule of planning?  Make time to plan!   Planning is an important component for your work.  


What do you have to get done?


  • ALWAYS Make time to plan (see above)


  • 2 types of work - things you do on your own and things you do with other people.

  • Things on your own:  individual class work, your research, your job, your health and well being.

  • Things with other people:  group work, collaborative research and PROJECTS




  • Build wiggle room into your plan.  Give yourself time to experiment and mess things up or in the case of repetitive work, give yourself time to practice.


  • Do you need to plan for getting help from others on your project?  These are people that are not on your project team.  


  • Don’t forget self care!


  • Don’t forget to plan to check in and assess.

    • How is your work going?

    • What are you frustrated with?  

    • Make time for periodic and end of project assessments - this is good for solo and group work.


  • Okay now get to it!!!


What does prioritization have to do with time management?

  • Prioritization is the art of choosing which of your millions of tasks you will do first.  


Prioritizing assumes that you already know all the things that you have to do.  Maybe you have a list of tasks and deadlines.  Next prioritizing begins when you evaluate your tasks.  There are lots of way to slice and dice priorities.


Ways to Prioritize…

  • You can use the same grid as a start but use many different factors as the X/Y axis depending on your context.   What would be good for grad students?  “Impact on career” vs. time?